Fact Checks of the week
On Tuesday 11th May 2021, a Twitter user Defense News Nigeria shared a thread alleging the French government of sponsoring African militant and rebel groups. It also linked France to the recent upsurge of the Boko Haram…
Recently a news blog @Lindaikejiblogoffical claims that a new variant from India is now in Nigeria and has been found in Edo and Osun states in Nigeria. This blog quoted Professor Oyewale Tomori as saying …
A recent news report by Newsclickng claims the General Overseer (GO) of the Living Faith Church International popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, urged his church members…
Tip Of The Week
There’s precious little that we can do about the barrage of misinformation that we see daily, but there’s a lot we can do together if we learn to identify suspicious claims in the news and refrain from fuelling the fire by spreading them! Here are our top picks of likely-to-be-false news which [sadly] couldn’t be fact-checked.
CLAIM: Federal Government Sponsored ICT Training – SOURCE: WhatsApp Message
A message making rounds on WhatsApp draws attention to an alleged ICT Training sponsored by the Federal Government and urged readers to apply. While this message may appeal to those seeking this kind of opportunity, it is important to verify the authenticity of the website. Many fraudulent websites have emerged devising different techniques to scam or pull traffic to their websites.
Questions to ask yourself: Who is the source? Who Initiated the training? Which government office is sponsoring the training? How genuine are the attached URLs?
What you should do: Verify before sharing.
Other Fact Checks
- Did Garba Shehu say killings in Benue will continue if Ortom fails to cooperate with Buhari?
- False, President Buhari has not ordered Pantami’s sack
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- Viral video depicting Boko Haram’s takeover of Niger state is false
- Video purporting Boko Haram forcefully converted Niger Residents to Islam false
- Police to clamp down on unpermitted use of tinted glass – But is this backed by law?
- Old picture used to depict recent poisoning of cows in Ondo
- Key sectors fake news thrive, poses threats